Definitions of lead

  1.   an actor who plays a principal role
  2.   A metallic element, symbol Pb, atomic weight 207. 1; see plumbum.
  3.   An open way in an ice field.
  4.   The act or right of playing first in a game or round; the card suit, or piece, so played; as, your partner has the lead.
  5.   To guide or conduct one's self in, through, or along ( a certain course); hence, to proceed in the way of; to follow the path or course of; to pass; to spend. Also, to cause ( one) to proceed or follow in ( a certain course).
  6.   the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge; " the lead was in the dummy"
  7.   A plummet or mass of lead, used in sounding at sea.
  8.   The act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction; as, to take the lead; to be under the lead of another.
  9.   The action of a tooth, as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet.
  10.   result in; " The water left a mark on the silk dress"; " Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
  11.   precedence; advance position; also, the measure of precedence; as, the white horse had the lead; a lead of a boat's length, or of half a second.
  12.   a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull gray; " the children were playing with lead soldiers"
  13.   stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; " Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; " His knowledge doesn't go very far"; " My memory extends back to my fourth year of life".
  14.   A soft, heavy, bluish- gray metal; a weight attached to a rope for sounding depths at sea; a thin strip of metal for separating lines of type in printing; a stick of graphite or black carbon used in pencils.
  15.   First place: precedence: direction: guidance.
  16.   To go before and show the way: to have a tendency: to exercise dominion:- pr. p. leading; pa. t. and pa. p. led.
  17.   One of the elements, a heavy, pliable, inelastic metal, having a bright, bluish color, but easily tarnished. It is both malleable and ductile, though with little tenacity, and is used for tubes, sheets, bullets, etc. Its specific gravity is 11. 37. It is easily fusible, forms alloys with other metals, and is an ingredient of solder and type metal. Atomic weight, 206. 4. Symbol Pb ( L. Plumbum). It is chiefly obtained from the mineral galena, lead sulphide.
  18.   preside over; " John moderated the discussion"
  19.   A lode.
  20.   In spiral screw threads, worm wheels, or the like, the amount of advance of any point in the spiral for a complete turn.
  21.   the distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment.
  22.   a news story of major importance
  23.   A soft, grayish metal with poisonous salts; atomic number 82, atomic weight 207. 19, symbol Pb. ( Dorland, 28th)
  24.   Led.
  25.   be in charge of; " Who is heading this project?"
  26.   a position of leadership ( especially in the phrase ` take the lead'); " he takes the lead in any group"; " we were just waiting for someone to take the lead"; " they didn't follow our lead"
  27.   The advance of the current phase in an alternating circuit beyond that of the electromotive force producing it.
  28.   a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; " it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"
  29.   To conduct or direct with authority; to have direction or charge of; as, to lead an army, an exploring party, or a search; to lead a political party.
  30.   A rle for a leading man or leading woman; also, one who plays such a rle.
  31.   To cover with lead; in printing, to widen the spaces between the lines by inserting leads, or slips of type- metal.
  32.   To guide or conduct, as by accompanying, going before, showing, influencing, directing with authority, etc.; to have precedence or preeminence; to be first or chief; - used in most of the senses of lead, v. t.
  33.   See Plumbum.
  34.   A conductor conveying electricity, as from a dynamo.
  35.   travel in front of; go in advance of others; " The procession was headed by John"
  36.   To cover, fit, or join with lead; in printing, to place thin metal strips between the lines of.
  37.   A soft, heavy, bluish - gray metal; some leaden object, as a thin slip to separate lines of type, a sinker, etc.
  38.   The announcement by one voice part of a theme to be repeated by the other parts.
  39.   To guide by going before; precede; conduct; induce.
  40.   move ahead ( of others) in time or space
  41.   tend to or result in; " This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"
  42.   be conducive to; " The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
  43.   The course of a rope from end to end.
  44.   To cover or fit with lead: ( print.) to separate lines with leads.
  45.   Position in advance; priority; guidance; command.
  46.   the introductory section of a story; " it was an amusing lead- in to a very serious matter"
  47.   To cover or fit with lead.
  48.   Graphite. black lead.
  49.   The width of port opening which is uncovered by the valve, for the admission or release of steam, at the instant when the piston is at end of its stroke.
  50.   ( baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; " he took a long lead off first"
  51.   lead, extend, or afford access; " This door goes to the basement"; " The road runs South"
  52.   Guidance; first place or position; in games, the right to play first or the play made.
  53.   To act as guide; extend or reach.
  54.   To cover, fasten, fit, or fill up with lead; supply with leads, as type.
  55.   A well- known metal of a dull fluish- gray colour; a plummet, used in sounding at sea; a thin plate of metal, to separate lines in printing; a small stick of plumbago used in pencils.
  56.   An article made of lead or an alloy of lead
  57.   the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target ( correcting for the flight time of the missile)
  58.   In an internal- combustion engine, the distance, measured in actual length of piston stroke or the corresponding angular displacement of the crank, of the piston from the end of the compression stroke when ignition takes place; -- called in full lead of the ignition. When ignition takes place during the working stroke the corresponding distance from the commencement of the stroke is called negative lead.
  59.   take somebody somewhere; " We lead him to our chief"; " can you take me to the main entrance?"; " He conducted us to the palace"
  60.   To go before, as a guide; conduct; precede.
  61.   A mark or a short passage in one voice part, as of a canon, serving as a cue for the entrance of others.
  62.   A well- known metal of a bluish- white color: the plummet for sounding at sea: a thin plate of lead separating lines of type:- pl. a flat roof covered with lead.
  63.   To guide or conduct with the hand, or by means of some physical contact connection; as, a father leads a child; a jockey leads a horse with a halter; a dog leads a blind man.
  64.   To go or to be in advance of; to precede; hence, to be foremost or chief among; as, the big sloop led the fleet of yachts; the Guards led the attack; Demosthenes leads the orators of all ages.
  65.   To guide; to conduct; to go before to show the way; to have a tendency to; to spend or use, as to spend a pleasant life or day; to draw; to entice; to induce.
  66.   To conduct by the hand; as, to lead a little child; show the way to; guide by advice; to have the direction or control of; as, to lead an army; to go ahead of; to be first among; as, to lead one's class; induce; spend; as, to lead an unhappy life; to begin a game by playing ( a cetrain card).
  67.   evidence pointing to a possible solution; " the police are following a promising lead"; " the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
  68.   Sheets of lead for covering roofs; a flat roof so covered.
  69.   To begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps; the double five was led.
  70.   To go before and show the way; to go first; to conduct, as a chief or commander; to draw; to have a tendency to; to exercise dominion.
  71.   thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
  72.   A soft heavy metal.
  73.   A small cylinder of black lead or plumbago, used in pencils.
  74.   an advantage held by a competitor in a race; " he took the lead at the last turn"
  75.   pass or spend; " lead a good life"
  76.   Precedence; guidance.
  77.   To cover with lead; to fit with lead; to widen the space between lines by inserting a lead or thin plate of type- metal.
  78.   To show the way by going first: to guide by the hand: to direct: to precede: to allure.
  79.   thin strip of metal used to separate lines of in printing
  80.   Leaden, of, or like, lead.
  81.   A soft metal of a bluish- grey colour; the plummet or piece of lead attached to a long string or cord, used in sounding at sea; a slip of type- metal.
  82.   lead, as in the performance of a composition; " conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
  83.   be ahead of others; be the first; " she topped her class every year"
  84.   The angle between the line joining the brushes of a continuous- current dynamo and the diameter symmetrical between the poles.
  85.   the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal- combustion engine
  86.   To cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle.
  87.   mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
  88.   Leading.
  89.   restraint consisting of a rope ( or light chain) used to restrain an animal
  90.   To take the first place; act as a guide, director, etc.; to take a course; as, the path leads through the woods; to conduct; as, the broad way leads to destruction; play the first card or domino.
  91.   The excess above a right angle in the angle between two consecutive cranks, as of a compound engine, on the same shaft.
  92.   cause to undertake a certain action; " Her greed led her to forge the checks"
  93.   an indication of potential opportunity; " he got a tip on the stock market"; " a good lead for a job"
  94.   Sheets or plates of lead used as a covering for roofs; hence, pl., a roof covered with lead sheets or terne plates.
  95.   Made or consisting of lead.
  96.   One of the records, usually three in number, taken by means of the electrocardiograph; in lead I the current is from the right arm and left arm; in lead II, from the right arm and left leg; in lead III, from the left arm and left leg.
  97.   cause something to pass or lead somewhere; " Run the wire behind the cabinet"
  98.   To draw or direct by influence, whether good or bad; to prevail on; to induce; to entice; to allure; as, to lead one to espouse a righteous cause.
  99.   To guide by the hand; to guide by showing the way; to conduct; to direct; to govern; to precede; to allure; to induce; to prevail on; to spend. To lead astray, to guide in a wrong way or into error. To lead captive, to carry into captivity.
  100.   A thin strip of type metal, used to separate lines of type in printing.
  101.   To tend or reach in a certain direction, or to a certain place; as, the path leads to the mill; gambling leads to other vices.
  102.   To place leads between the lines of; as, to lead a page; leaded matter.
  103.   First place; precedence; guidance. To lead off or out, to begin.
  104.   To guide or conduct in a certain course, or to a certain place or end, by making the way known; to show the way, esp. by going with or going in advance of. Hence, figuratively: To direct; to counsel; to instruct; as, to lead a traveler; to lead a pupil.

Quotes of lead

  1. Wise people, even though all laws were abolished, would still lead the same life. – Aristophanes
  2. The maxim, that governments ought to train the people in the way in which they should go, sounds well. But is there any reason for believing that a government is more likely to lead the people in the right way than the people to fall into the right way of themselves? – Thomas Babington
  3. Our Nation is in great need of young men and women of character to lead in every arena of our society. – Michael Burgess
  4. I've always been fascinated by Asian culture, and I love that women can play the lead in a horror film. – Sarah Michelle Gellar
  5. They see me wheeling around in a beautiful gown, and they realize you can look elegant, and you can lead a happy life in a wheelchair. I know I've helped handicapped people, because I've received many comments. – Anna Lee
  6. My mum says, 'Go with your first instinct,' but this can lead to impulse buying! – Lindsay Lohan
  7. It's amazing the hours you pull when you're the lead of a show. – Jamie Luner
  8. The young very seldom lead anything in our country today. It's been quite some time since a younger generation pushed an older one to a higher standard. – Wynton Marsalis
  9. Our love of what is beautiful does not lead to extravagance; our love of the things of the mind does not make us soft. – Pericles
  10. Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you. – Jim Rohn
  11. Over time, quality work will lead to an audience for your work. – Nicholas Sparks
  12. I thought, I'm only going to be on this planet once, and only for a short time. What can I do with my life that will lead to permanent benefits? – John Templeton
  13. The U. S. and Israel probably lead the way in terms of venture investment in technologies companies focused on the security paradigm. That is quite encouraging. – John W. Thompson
  14. As different streams having different sources all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God. – Swami Vivekananda
  15. You can't sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You've got to throw the ball over the damn plate and five the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all. – Earl Weaver

Usage examples for lead

  1. “ I did not know where it would lead me. ” – The Promised Land by Mary Antin
  2. Rapidly the pirate's lead was cut down. ” – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  3. Erec replies: " Indeed, I like it not, and you shall not lead him away so easily. ” – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
  4. Here was a lead at last! ” – A Houseful of Girls by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  5. Now sir, said she, I pray you lead me there as this knight had me. ” – A Knyght Ther Was by Robert F. Young
  6. He allowed the girl to lead him back. ” – The Desert of Wheat by Zane Grey
  7. It may lead me out into the world. ” – Neighbours by Robert Stead
  8. “ I will lead thy horse, and do thou lead my lady." ” – Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock
  9. He said that each and every one of them would lead to war. ” – The Monikins by J. Fenimore Cooper
  10. What sort of a life do you lead in Venice? ” – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  11. Where does that other door lead to? ” – Who? by Elizabeth Kent
  12. This would lead him to what he had come to tell her. ” – Swirling Waters by Max Rittenberg
  13. You would want to be a great lady and lead the party. ” – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  14. Lead me to thy master and mine. ” – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  15. She might, and lead that horse she was on. ” – Sawtooth Ranch by B. M. Bower
  16. Had they used lead the story would have been different. ” – Philippine Folklore Stories by John Maurice Miller
  17. “ Chiriqui has the lead – Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862 by Adam Gurowski
  18. Oh, said Ayala, that's a lead is it? ” – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  19. “ I believe he will lead out many ponies. ” – White Otter by Elmer Russell Gregor
  20. Lead me to them at once!" ” – The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath

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